You may not be having an affair with a high-ranking American Intelligence Official, but that doesn’t mean that Big Brother isn’t watching you nonetheless. Or, at least, that might be the impression that you’re left with upon discovering that Google has reported a significant jump in the amount of government surveillance of online activity in recent months, especially when compared with just a few years ago.
In its latest Transparency Report, which covers the first six months of 2012, government agencies around the world made a total of 20,938 requests for access to personal data of Google users, with 34,614 user accounts affected by the requests.
Google also received 1,791 removal requests from government officials around the world regarding 17,746 pieces of content.
By comparison, government requests to remove content from Google's services were flat from 2009 to 2011.
So not only does the government spy on us constantly, they're also spending a great deal of time trying to get information taken down from the net.
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